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Otto Hahn

Otto HahnBorn: 8-Mar-1879
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: 28-Jul-1968
Location of death: Göttingen, Germany
Cause of death: Accident - Fall
Remains: Buried, Göttingen City Cemetery, Göttingen, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Demonstrated fission

Military service: German Army (WWI, chemical warfare specialist)

Worked in London under Sir William Ramsay and at McGill University (discovering radioactinium) under Ernest Rutherford. In Germany with Fritz Strassmann in 1938 he discovered fission of uranium and thorium, the phenomenon of which was then explained by Lise Meitner and Otto Robert Frisch. While he discovered fission, he was not a part of Germany's atomic bomb program. For his discovery he was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, but was unable to collect his award due to his being held prisoner in Britain.

Father: (glazier)
Wife: Edith Junghans (m. 1913, one son)
Son: Hanno (b. 1922, d. 1960 accident)

    University: University of Marburg
    University: University of Munich
    University: PhD, University of Marburg (1901)
    Scholar: University College London (1904-05)
    Scholar: McGill University, Montreal (1905-)
    Professor: University of Berlin (1907-)

    Pontifical Academy of Sciences
    Taken Prisoner of War
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1944
    Max Planck Medal 1949 (with Lise Meitner)
    Enrico Fermi Award 1966
    Chemical Element Namesake hahnium (ultimately rejected by IUPAC)


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